Zain giving more leave for mothers to promote equality and empower women

Four months of paid maternity leave with a flexible schedule for returning to work.
Women, Empowerment, Equality, Equal rights, Workplace, Employment, Zain, Society, Culture, Kuwait, Middle East, Diversity


Zain has introduced one of the most progressive human resources policies in the Middle East region, providing new mothers with four months of paid maternity leave, with a flexible schedule for returning to work.

The new leave policy follows the creation of a chief inclusion and diversity officer position, to help drive empowerment initiatives that define, enhance and continue to cultivate a more equal work environment. 

The introduction of flexible working models has also been designed including six-hour work weeks for mothers with children up to four years old, and an optional compressed working week enabling working mothers to work more hours over a compressed week for an extra day off.

The announcement follows the hosting of the second annual Gender Diversity (WE) conference held in Kuwait in November 2018. There is also a goal of increasing female leadership positions within Zain from 14.5% to 25% by 2020, and evolving towards a gender diverse workforce. 

Since Zain’s WE initiative was officially launched in November 2017, accomplishments have included:

•  Female leadership, director and above increasing from 14.5% to 15.5% in one year.
•  Female recruitment growing from 21% of total recruitment to 29%.
•  The number of women at chief level increasing from 6 to 11.
•  33 high-potential female leaders identified to form the Centred Leaders programme.
•  61 Women Empowerment Ambassadors onboarded and tasked with action planning.
•  Zain signing up to the UN Women Empowerment Principles and communicating this to all 6,000 employees.
•  Introducing a Women Empowerment communications app, with 300 employees already using it.
•  Women’s Empowerment embedded into the board of director’s agenda and placed on CEO Scorecards.
•  Two talented women sponsored to attend MBA programmes at ESADE, Barcelona.

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